Death of Tamil man following prison release sparks suspicion

File photograph: Tamil protest for justice after Nagarasa Alex was tortured to death in November 2023 Kanesh Nishanthan who was recently released from Jaffna prison, died yesterday, sparking suspicion over the cause of his death. The 28 year old, who hails from Nallur was detained and held at the Jaffna prison and was released on the 26th of this month. Nishanthan's body has been handed over to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital for post-mortem examination. The exact cause of death is yet to be determined. This is not the first time such suspicious deaths have been reported. In November last year,...

Sri Lanka surveys more land in Jaffna, sparking fears of yet another land grab

An attempt to acquire 500 acres of land that had been handed to its rightful owners in Jaffna's Valikamam North has been exposed by locals who are questioning the Sri Lankan government’s intention for re-surveying the land. Residents told the Tamil Guardian that officials from the Survey Department of Sri Lanka along with gramasevaka had visited the area around Valikamam North and surveyed a new parcel of land in the presence of the locals. “These are residents who after undergoing many hardships are now farming on their lands to make ends meet, we ask then why are there officials coming to...

Sri Lankan police arrest five in Jaffna after alleged assault

Five individuals have been arrested on Tuesday over an alleged assault on two Sri Lankan police officers in Jaffna.

Pakistan and India conduct naval exercises in Sri Lanka despite human rights concerns

Both Pakistan and India have conducted naval exercises with Sri Lanka despite ongoing concerns over the ill treatment of Tamil fishermen. On Thursday, Pakistan concluded its visit having conducted training exercises with the Sri Lankan Navy and enabling a formal visit for members of the Sri Lankan navy to see the Pakistan Naval Ship (PNS) SAIF, which was docked in Colombo. Pakistan’s Navy reported that officials discussed matters of mutual interest signalling closer collaboration. Pak Navy #PNS SAIF visited Colombo, Sri Lanka during its RMSP. Ship was received by Pak & Sri Lankan Navies...

Peel Regional Police must apologise to its Tamil constituents

In the nation-state identified as Sri Lanka, police and other security forces either committed atrocities toward Tamil citizens or stood by and allowed Tamil homes and communities to be pillaged and bombed. It is outrageous that the Peel Regional Police Chief would plan for a collaboration to strengthen the Sri Lankan police force that is currently led by Deshabandu Tennakoon, who has been deemed guilty by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court of violating many constitutional rights of citizens, police officers, and journalists alike and also personally tortured many while in the custody of the police force.

Sri Lanka slides further down Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index

Sri Lanka has slipped further down places in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index , from a rank of 38 in 2018 to 34 this year. Transparency cites that the weak scores reflect the lack of delivery by elected officials on anti-corruption agendas, together with crackdowns on civil society and attacks on freedoms of press, assembly, and association.

TNPF organiser's detention extended for attempting to commemorate Maaveerar Naal

Batticaloa district organiser of the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF), Kanapathipillai Gukakumararajah, and his son face extended remand until February 7, for attempting to commemorate Maaveerar Naal. The Magistrate Court issued the order on January 24 under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). The arrests occurred when Gukakumararajah and his son were en route to the Thandiyadi Thuyilum Illam to commemorate Maaveerar Naal on November 27, 2023. Gukakumarajah and his son Janojan were initially detained at the Vavunathivu Police station and subsequently presented before court. Janojan...

18 years later and still no justice for TRO massacre

Eighteen years have passed since seven Tamil Rehabilitation Organizations (TRO) humanitarian workers were abducted by Sri Lankan government-backed paramilitaries in Batticaloa.

Attack on Tamil political prisoner by former army officer was ‘act of vengeance’ says ITAK MP

A Tamil political prisoner was attacked by a former Sri Lankan army officer in Welikada prison, in what has been described as shocking “act of vengeance” by a Tamil lawmaker. “Upon hearing of the assault, I went to prison to personally see to the welfare of the political prisoners and inquire about the assault,” Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam told the Tamil Guardian. “I was informed that during an unannounced raid, a former army officer who had barged into the prison assaulted Parthiban,” Rasamanickam said. “At the time of the assault, the officer lamented how...

SJB welcomes accused war criminal, as it looks to build Sinhala support

Sri Lanka’s opposition party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), proudly welcomed former Army Commander Daya Ratnayake to its fold, an official who oversaw military operations during the Tamil genocide and who has repeatedly denied war crimes have taken place. The SJB had shared a photograph of the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa welcoming him, adding that “General Daya Ratnayake, the 20th Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, who played a pivotal role in leading the three-decade-long humanitarian operation against the brutal LTTE, joined the Samagi Jana Balawegaya today.” In 2019, Ratnayake...

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